By: KDKA-TV News Staff
SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — Two people were flown to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash in Westmoreland County.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 389 New Coronavirus Cases, Increasing County Total To 94,501
State police say the crash Tuesday in Salem Township has closed Route 22 westbound at Route 981, Route 22 eastbound at Operator’s Way and Route 119 northbound at Latrobe Crabtree Road.
Officials say the driver of a tractor-trailer headed eastbound collided head-on with an SUV making a left turn around 6:30 p.m. on Route 22. The tractor-trailer, which was hauling two 40,000-pound steel rolls, crossed over the westbound lanes and went over a 100-foot embankment.
“We have a lot of trouble with the traffic on Route 22 at the red lights,” Forbes Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti said. “It’s a very dangerous highway because of the traffic lights and people speeding and not paying attention.”
The drivers of the SUV and tractor-trailer were flown to area hospitals. The driver of the tractor-trailer was put on a backboard and pulled up in a basket.READ MORE: Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Signs 3-Year Contract Extension
“Please avoid Rte 22 near the intersection of Rte 119. We are investigating a crash that will have that area closed most likely for several hours,” state police said on Twitter.
‼️ Traffic Detour ‼️
Please avoid Rte 22 near the intersection of Rte 119. We are investigating a crash that will have that area closed most likely for several hours.
— Troopers Steve Limani & Cliff Greenfield (@PSPTroopAPIO) March 3, 2021
The condition of the drivers is not known at this time.MORE NEWS: Freeze Watch Issued For Southwestern Pa. Region Ahead Of Dropping Temperatures
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